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S/2988 Antique Treen 20th Century Birch Marriage Spoon

A most unusual and well carved Finnish birch marriage spoon, having a bowl with a carved log cabin inscribed HEMBYGDSSTUCAN. The back of the bowl is dated 1926, with a shaped shield and a crown, spear, paddles and two flags below. The chip carved handle has names carved on either side - ASAIGARR IORSA NITTO and HUNDR ADJUGOSEX. Above this is a spiral caged lantern with four loose balls. The spirals, with many carved stars, terminates in a rounded open horse shoe handle for hanging. The whole has a lovely pale honey colour and patination.

15 in. (39.5 cm.) Wide
3 in. (9 cm.) Deep
Finnish Circa 1926